Former Indian Cricket Team captain and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, on Wednesday, left for Dubai to oversee preparations for a bio-secure IPL which begins on September 19.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening game of the mega-popular T20 event, which has been moved to the UAE due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in India.
The first match (MI vs CSK) will be played in Abu Dhabi at 7:30 PM IST.
Venues for the play-off matches and the IPL 2020 final is yet to be announced but it is known that the final will happen on November 10.
On Tuesday, Sourav Ganguly took his first flight to Dubai In 6 months as flight operations were suspended for 5 months and therefore the whole country stayed at home amidst the lockdown since March-end. The coronavirus pandemic has taken the lives of millions across the planet which resulted in postponements of many worldwide events including the T20 World Cup and the IPL.
Before being elected as the President of the BCCI in 2019, Sourav Ganguly was the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal.
BCCI was finally ready to create a window for the IPL following the postponement of the T20I World Cup in Australia, which was scheduled for October-November this year. Had the IPL been canceled, BCCI would have faced a revenue loss of ₹4000 crores.
Fans will not be allowed inside the stadium, as the matches are supposed to be played behind-closed-doors. But it could be approved initially. The tournament, despite its strict health safety measures, has already endured instances of staff members testing positive for Covid-19.
Chennai Super Kings has been the worst affected with 13 of their staff tested positive, including 2 cricketers. This year’s IPL sponsor is the popular betting app Dream 11 and the event will be played at three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.